Christmas Season in National City... Southern California. Today is a typical Southern California December Day. The temperature this afternoon is warmer than usual... 80 degrees. I participated in a National City quarterly city breakfast/meeting, and I couldn't avoid the feeling that these people don't know what Christmas is like in the northern sections of America. Before I went into the MLK Center where the event was being held, Sant Claus and two young ladies who were supposed to be elves greeted guests who were coming into the meeting. People were getting ready to watch the Army-Navy football game and taking about the snow in Philadelphia. I had talked with daughter Nancy before I came to the meeting, and she was expecting maybe three inches of snow at her house in Rockville, Maryland. In the National City meeting, an announcement was made about the "winter" festival that was taking place in a park behind the City Council's meeting place. I walked back to the festival after the meeting and watched with real interest at children and some adults were playing in snow that had been brought in from somewhere in the mountains. People were dressed for San Diego/National City weather. It was hard to imagine that winter weather is happening not far away.